This is all about getting Hyper-V working on a laptop when SLAT is not available on your hardware. Because not all of us can afford a new shiny laptop to support Client Hyper-V.
Now, here is the big warning;
This is Server, not Client – In the end, the experience is nearly identical.
This is a computer with Hyper-V running (it has –V or –VT on the chipset). It works, but if you want the fancy Windows 8 Client experience, you will not get it here.
There is also an order to adding the Roles and Features. This is not rocket science, just proper ordering.
Now, I did add an SSD to my PDC laptop and I am incredibly happy I did.
- Install Windows Server 8
- Get the needed drivers from the Acer website (the display will be horrible, the disk will be slow) - http://support.acer.com/drivers_download.aspx
- Intel Chipset driver
- Intel VGA driver (this is the only driver that is necessary)
- and you might need the wireless LAN driver (the wired NIC is definitely in the installer)
- I also grabbed the audio driver
- Get that all working and patch the machine.
- Add the following Features:
- Wireless LAN Service
- Media Foundation
- User Interfaces and Infrastructure
- Desktop Experience
- Now you can add the Hyper-V Role
- If you need sound, be sure to enable the Windows Audio service (set it to automatic and start it if you need it right away)
Now you have your PDC Laptop – still useful – running Server 8 Hyper-V.
You can fully play with all the new PowerShell commands. (well, isn’t that why you would want to do this!)
If you want the Marketplace, then you need to create a user account as you cannot use the built-in local administrator to access the marketplace. Otherwise, it is all there – touchscreen, Metro experience, etc..